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Kena Bridge of Spirits Anniversary Update is now available – Effinate Games


Kena: Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure game from Ember Lab. The title was originally released last year on PlayStation consoles and PC through the Epic Games Store. Now, after a year, the Kena Bridge of Spirits Anniversary Update is available and it’s also out on Steam. The update includes tons of new content and is available for free on all platforms. Here’s everything you need to know about the update and Steam release.

Kena Bridge of Spirits Anniversary Update

The Anniversary Update celebrates the title’s first anniversary and includes tons of new content and features. If you’ve already played the title or are jumping in for the first time, this update adds a big incentive to revisit the title. Here’s everything included in this update.

New Game+

After beating the title, you can now start New Game+ and have all your abilities, upgrades and Rot from the start. That’s not all though; Ember Lab has made an extra effort to not only include new enemies, but also change the movements of existing ones to create new combat encounters.

This is one of the most requested features for the title, and it’s nice to see developers go the extra mile to make the new experience feel new as well.

Spirit Guide Samples

Once you reach a certain point in the story, you have access to the Spirit Guide Trials. These are different challenges that you can participate in that will test your skills and everything that you have learned so far. These include wave defenses, obstacle courses, and even the ability to fight key bosses again.

Trials unlocked

You can access the Spirit Trials behind the Mask Shrine.

One of the earlier attempts
Rusu Falls, one of the earlier attempts

Completing these will allow you to earn rewards including Outfits, Charmstones and Rot Hats.

Outfits

One of my favorite additions that comes with this update is Outfits. If you have already purchased the deluxe edition, you will have access to the Shadow outfit after unlocking the shop.

The Shadow outfit is part of the Deluxe Edition
Deluxe Edition Shadow Outfit

You will be able to unlock even more outfits after completing the Spirit Trials. There are tons to unlock, and if you’re someone who likes to collect everything, you’ll be playing the trials for a while.

Different outfits for Kena
Different outfits that you can unlock

These outfits complement various characters you will meet throughout the game.

Charmstones

Another great addition to the game is Charmstones. These are gameplay modifiers that can give you an advantage in certain aspects while dealing a negative trait as a consequence. Certain charmstones will completely enhance the challenge and are a great way to add replayability.

One of the charmstones you find in the world
The new Charms menu

You can access these from the third section of the in-game menu, and you’ll need to unlock them once you get them. These are scattered throughout the world and are usually in chests.

Improved photo mode

The final addition to the title is in the form of its photo mode. Tons of new features have been added to it, including new lighting effects, poses, and a moving camera feature for all those gameplay gif makers.

New lighting setups
New effects in photo mode

Here are a few pictures I took from my latest playthrough.

Screenshot taken with Photo Mode
Kena’s photo mode
Screenshot taken with Photo Mode with Kena
Kena in her Shadow Outfit
Screenshot taken with Photo Mode with Rusu
Rusu, one of the characters Kena meets

Photo location

Oh, and if you’re wondering where all your pictures are, head over to where the game is installed and navigate the following folders.

Kena Bridge of Spirits\Kena\Pictures

Kena Bridge of Spirits on Steam

This update isn’t the only new thing though, as Kena is also out on Steam. After a year of exclusivity, PC gamers can now choose where they want to go buy the title on the following link.

The Anniversary Update adds to the title, and new PC features, including DLSS, ultra wide support and dynamic resolution, are also available. Other than that, Kena has been verified for Steam Deck too, so you can play the title on the go.

Kena is verified on Steam Deck
Kena: Bridge of Spirits verified for Steam Deck

The release is 25% off right now and the offer ends 3 October 2022.

What do you think of Kena Bridge of Spirits Anniversary Update? Are you collecting it on Steam? Thinking of starting a new playthrough or NG+? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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